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Mita Barot

11 March 2011

Mita Barot


Migrating to a foreign country is never easy yet for thousands of new arrivals every year, Australia is a very foreign country. Our freedoms, informality and way of life are, quite literally, worlds apart from what many are accustomed to. Despite the difficulties most fit in, over time, but for many the private struggles last for years.

Mita Barot arrived from India in 1993 with her husband, two children and their worldly possessions in four bags. Eventually they found a place to live in Sydney’s sprawling western suburbs and began the daunting task of trying to fit into their strange, new world.

“It was very hard for me to go out and find work when we first got here because I was a housewife back in India and had no other experience. Eight months after arriving I finally started working one day a week for the Salvos. I worked as a sorter, and that was very hard at first,” Mita said.

“There were six of us working at the sorting table, when I started. There were so many different things coming through and I didn’t know what haberdashery, oddments or manchester was! These words were all too new for me and I was always having to ask the other sorters, who’d been there longer than me, what things were and where they went. I think sometimes they got sick of me asking and sometimes I’m sure I made them laugh, but they were all very supportive and over time I got the hang of it,”

“Everyone at the Salvos was so nice and gave me lots of encouragement. They also taught me about the power of positive thinking and helped build my self-confidence back up. The people in management also gave me good support when I had problems, from time-to-time, and told me that family always comes first. They told me that if I needed anything, just yell out. I kept thinking how lucky I was and it was very comforting to know I had such caring people around me.”

Mita has now been with the Salvos for 17 years and works five days a week at our Marayong Salvos Store. When asked if there were other services the Salvos provide that she’d like more people to know about, she nominated the drug and alcohol counselling service as a real stand-out.

“I’m so glad I work with the Salvos. I can help the community and although I can’t help out with much money, I still give my good service.” Mita concluded, happily.

Did you know that by shopping at your local Salvos Stores you are helping provide every week…

  • 100,000 meals for the hungry
  • 2,000 beds for the homeless
  • Up to 8,000 food vouchers
  • 1,000 people with assistance in finding employment
  • Refuge to 500 victims of abuse
  • Assistance to 500 people addicted to drugs, alcohol or gambling
  • Several thousand people with counselling
  • 3,000 elderly people with aged care services
  • 40 people in the court system with chaplaincy services
  • Family tracing services which locate 40 missing family members                                                                                    

To find out more about your local Salvos Store visit www. salvos.org.au/stores or call 02 9999 5735